What exactly is work life balance? Does it really exist? Can you be good at work, family, your side hustle, being a good friend or taking care of yourself all at the same time? From my experience you can’t. You will be good at one thing at a time. If you think about it, when you are focused on your business and knocking off your to-dos, you might be missing out on family time. If you are focused on your 9 to 5 and giving it 200% of your attention, your personal business might be paying the price for that and not to mention your family.
I don’t think there is a one size that fits all as such, I have employed a few simple steps that has been helping me as I work to balance my 9 to 5, family life and my personal businesses.
YES! Planning is essential to keeping you focused. You would not go on a road trip without knowing where you are going. Why do you wake up each day without knowing what direction your attention is going in?
You should be able to answer the following questions;
What do you plan to achieve for your business?
How much time will be needed to achieve what you have planned?
How many hours do you have available to allocate to work (personal business/9 to 5) or personal life?
How productive are you? What are you doing with your time? While in traffic, when you wake, when you get home to name a few? Meetings where you are not participating but just there because (yeah I know those meetings).
There are planners that help you document your thoughts in an organized way. Once you have been able to dump your ideas down, you will be better able to identify what is possible based on the time you have available.
Be realistic with your plans
It’s important that you know your flow. If there are particular days that are usually busy for you at work (9 to 5), don’t try and squeeze in work for your personal business. What that does is to create a feeling of disappointment whenever you are not able to meet your goals.
For example, I plan my week ahead for my 9 to 5 on Fridays. I review what I planned to do for the week, highlight my successes and make note of what I have planned for the next week.
Most of us would have heard about setting SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound) goals, but it’s easier said than done. We often want to do a lot of things however, this can easily change once we realize the time and dedication that is needed to stay focused.
If your plans aren’t realistic you might end up feeling a sense of inadequacy in one or a more areas of your life.
When you have a Small Business and a 9 to 5 it can be very challenging. The last thing you want to do is to be slacking off on either. As a Small Business owner, along with wearing the hat of CEO, you are in charge of Sales, Operations, Marketing, IT and HR (to name a few). Doing it all can be rough, especially as your business grows. The truth is, if you want your business to grow, you have to try not to think about your business as small. Get help where needed! It might be getting an Administrative Assistant, someone to manage your social media, website etc. You can look at getting resources that might just be needed for a few hours for each week and not necessarily a full time employee.
Here are a few other suggestions that you can consider implementing;
Take your time and pace yourself
Use apps to help you manage your business where you can
Sign up for websites that can help with automating some aspects of your processes
Ensure you don’t go in with the mindset of getting most things for free. Paying now will ensure you see the rewards later
Make time for Family
Ensure there are specific days and times that are dedicated for your family time. We were never created to be alone, as such, there is a need for relationships. This is important for me and I hope you feel the same way. I never want to have a successful business with no friends or family members to share my life with.
Ensure that you carve out time in your schedule weekly that is just for family, this should not only be when you are available but when your family or friends are as well.
If you have to work on weekends, or your schedule changes, ensure you chose a day that works best for you.
It is also important for you to let your family and friends know your schedule.
Know when it’s time to QUIT
If your personal hustle is growing at a rate where it is impacting your 9 to 5, then maybe that’s a sign that you need a make a decision. If your hustle is no longer your passion and it’s taking away from your dream job or your family, then it might be time to throw in the towels.
The important thing is to know when to pull the plug on one.
It’s always important for you to know your purpose, values, and most importantly, to stick them no matter what. You need to know where your energy is going and that it is aligned to who you are.
For some persons, you might need some time to make the right decision however, know that the act of balancing is different for all but, with focus and determination you will make it.
Michelle O'Connor, BBA, MBA, Business Coach and Consultant
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